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Didn't we discuss this at the time it first came out? it seems very familiar.

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Amazing!
He also said that the trains stay on the track better than normal. Has anyone thought of putting magnets on tracks to stop derailments?
 

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QUOTE (ben100 @ 26 Mar 2009, 17:28) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>.. Has anyone thought of putting magnets on tracks to stop derailments?
It should be less trouble to sort out track and wheels, than modifying all the track and stock in this way.

Where this does have an obvious application to the world of right way up model railways is in offering another solution to the gradient problem. Just as we compress curve radii to fit railways into our accomodation; when a gradient is involved, compression in the form of gradients much steeper than usual on the prototype is often necessary. This usually results in expedients such as having to run shorter trains, double heading, traction tyres. Well here's another option, magnets under the locos that have to negotiate the gradient, and a steel strip on the upward gradient and onto the level section. (It has to go some distance on the level track at the top end, until normal adhesion by loco weight is sufficient to overcome the drag from vehicles behind the loco that are still on the gradient.) That would seem a fairly simple product offering in a set track system; a set of graded piers for creating the gradient, with dedicated track with the strip bonded on, and some locos with magnets installed, plus a magnet pack for owner installation.
 
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